Vijay Govindarajan

Thought Leader on Strategy and Innovation
New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author


Keynote Speaker Category: Innovation,


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VG has four core presentations, summarised below and based on his best-selling books, which he customizes for the specific audience he will be addressing.  Please click on any title for a more comprehensive look at that specific presentation.  You can also click here for a direct link to videos of VG speaking at various events on many of these topics.

  1. Three-Box Solution
    We now live in an era of constant change, driven by the dynamic forces of technology, globalisation, the Internet, changing demographics, and shifting customer preferences. As a result, companies find that their strategies need almost constant redefinition—either because the old assumptions are no longer valid, or because the previous strategy has been imitated and neutralized by competitors. Rooted in these premises, the strategic and organizational challenges become:
  1. Innovation Execution
    Implementing Box 3 breakthrough innovation projects is the triple-flip-with-a-quadruple-twist of general management. No matter how talented and experienced the leader, chances are that this is a new and unfamiliar challenge. VG can help you understand the three fundamental challenges faced by Box 3 strategic experiments, and can offer several specific recommendations to help you overcome them.
  1. Reverse Innovation
    In this presentation, VG introduces the idea of developing new business models in emerging markets first – instead of scaling down rich-world products – to unlock a world of opportunities for your business. Stemming from a pivotal article in Harvard Business Review, his reverse innovation presentation offers an important next step for companies looking to derive long-term value from emerging markets. According to VG, “Reverse innovation is a potent force that will transform the global economy over the next few decades. It will redistribute power and wealth to countries and companies who understand it and diminish those who do not.” VG offers a glimpse at strategies from some of the world’s leading companies – from GE and Deere & Company to P&G and PepsiCo. There is no one industry that needs to reverse innovate; instead, all industries must have interest in the needs and opportunities in the developing world in order to thrive in tomorrow’s global marketplace.
  1. Delivering World-class Healthcare, Affordably
    In this presentation, VG explains how innovative Indian hospitals are delivering high-quality healthcare at prices 95% below American hospitals. Although the context is very different in these two countries, there are lessons that U.S. healthcare leaders can learn and apply. To provide high-quality care at ultra-low costs, private Indian hospitals have adopted three techniques: 1) hub-and-spoke networks; 2) task shifting; and 3) basic frugality. These approaches enable these hospitals to maximize the number of patients served, while benefiting from economies of scale. In the years ahead, U.S. healthcare providers should learn about and consider adopting these principles as they strive to expand access, improve quality, and reduce costs. If U.S. providers don’t change, they actually risk being disrupted by these efficient, low- cost Indian providers.


Vijay Govindarajan (VG) is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. VG is the Coxe Distinguished Professor (a Dartmouth-wide faculty chair) at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a former Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. VG is a Faculty Partner at Mach49, a Silicon Valley incubator. He was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He worked with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt to write, “How GE is Disrupting Itself”, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that pioneered the concept of reverse innovation – any innovation that is adopted first in the developing world. HBR picked reverse innovation as one of the Great Moments in Management in the Last Century. VG is a NYT and WSJ Best Selling author and a two-time winner of the prestigious McKinsey Award for the best article published in HBR. VG was named by Thinkers 50 as a Top 3 Management Thinker in the world and received the Breakthrough Innovation Award in 2011. VG was inducted into Thinkers 50 Management Thinkers Hall of Fame and was given the Distinguished Achievement Award for most contributions to the understanding of innovation in 2019. VG has been a select few who have received Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards in two different categories.

Govindarajan has been identified as a leading management thinker by influential publications including: Outstanding Faculty, named by Business Week in its Guide to Best B-Schools; Top Ten Business School Professor in Corporate Executive Education, named by Business Week; Top Five Most Respected Executive Coach on Strategy, rated by Forbes; Rising Super Star, cited by The Economist; Outstanding Teacher of the Year, voted by MBA students.

Prior to joining the faculty at Tuck, VG was on the faculties of Harvard Business School, INSEAD (Fontainebleau) and the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad, India).

The recipient of numerous awards for excellence in research, Govindarajan was inducted into the Academy of Management Journals’ Hall of Fame, and ranked by Management International Review as one of the Top 20 North American Superstars for research in strategy. One of his papers was recognized as one of the ten most-often cited articles in the entire 50-year history of Academy of Management Journal.

VG is a rare faculty who has published more than twenty articles in the top academic journals (Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal) and more than twenty articles in prestigious practitioner journals including several best-selling HBR articles. He published the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller, Reverse Innovation. His HBR articles “Engineering Reverse Innovations” and “Stop the Innovation Wars” won McKinsey Awards. His HBR articles “How GE Is Disrupting Itself” and “The CEO’s Role in Business Model Reinvention” are HBR all time Top 50 Best Sellers.

VG has worked with CEOs and top management teams in more than 40% of the Fortune 500 firms to discuss, challenge, and escalate their thinking about strategy. His clients include: Boeing, Coca- Cola, Colgate, Deere, FedEx, GE, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, J.P. Morgan Chase, J&J, New York Times, P&G, Sony, and Wal-Mart. He has been a keynote speaker in the BusinessWeek CEO Forum, HSM World Business Forum, TED, and World Economic Forum at Davos.

VG received his doctorate from the Harvard Business School and was awarded the Robert Bowne Prize for the best thesis proposal. He received his MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School. VG received his Chartered Accountancy degree in India where he was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for obtaining the first rank nationwide.

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I've heard that VG is a highly sought after keynote speaker. I now know why when he addressed our CEO Summit

Senior Executive in a Fortune 100 Company

VG shows how to turn breakthrough ideas into breakthrough growth.

John MenzerPresident and CEO, Wal-Mart International

Lessons I learned years ago in his class I still carry today. He is a truly gifted teacher.

Anil ChitkaraT ’94

VG is a Top 50 Management Thinker.

The London Times

VG is a Top Five Executive Coach on Strategy.


VG’s Ten Rules For Strategic Innovators is a Top 10 Recommended Read.

The Wall Street Journal

Very inspirational and readily accessible. The boxes concept seems simplistic, but it is actually very profound.

Seminar Participant

I cannot stress how timely and relevant the topics were to the issues my firm now faces.

Seminar Participant

Exactly the tools and concepts my company is struggling with! Thanks!

Seminar Participant

VG’s The Quest For Global Dominance will force many to rethink their global strategies.

C.K. Prahalad, University of Michigan

VG does a terrific job of pinpointing factors to drive sustained results.

Bob LaneCEO, John Deere Company

VG is outstanding in facilitating top management forums.

Tom GlocerCEO, Thomson Reuters

VG stands for Very Good.

Tuck MBA

VG’s teaching style combines deep understanding of strategy with a unique ability to drive students to their own insights.

Tuck MBA

VG is a rising superstar.


VG has a great capability to bring complex subjects down to simple bullets/pictorial charts.

Seminar Paricipant

VG’s 3 Box thinking has changed my life.

Seminar Paricipant

Among the line up of incredible speakers like Jack Welch and Malcom Gladwell, VG was the best"

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